Letters to the Spalding Guardian editor – November 26, 2020
Take the chance to put life back into Spalding
There are suggestions for the new Spalding town plan that, in my opinion, are good.
Johnson’s drinking fountain would be an excellent addition to the town’s centre, maybe placing it in Hall Place in the centre of the existing circle of seats.
When COVID-19 is controlled, what will be left in Spalding? The majority of shops will be empty, what will attract visitors and shoppers?
It will be impossible to fill large vacant places left by Beales, Peacocks, Hills and possibly many more. Would the (South Holland District) Council consider making a feature of a market?
We already have a market place – perhaps some new stalls, with colourful awnings and a rent to encourage new traders. Spalding needs people to come into the town on a reular basis, not just once a year, although a yearly event could be an addtional attraction.
There are still some real treasures such as Bookmark, Ayscoughfee Hall and gardens,The Forge, The Gentlemen’s Society, and a war memorial which would be the pride of any town, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
A reduction in the car parking fees could help, or take a leaf from Boston who have two hours of parking free for shoppers... perhaps this could be done for market days.
Yes, we need some shop fronts to be spruced up – Smiths take note, but is that enough to entice anyone to come into the town? Atmosphere would be provided by a busy market and perhaps then some shops would start to appear. Surely we don’t all want to shop in Springfields. The rhetoric which I have recently heard about the expansion of Springfields was almost exactly the same as the rhetoric heard when the outlet was first opened.
People who shop in Springfields are not persuaded to travel – by the excellent water taxi – into Spalding.
South Holland District Council, please take this opportunity to put life back into Spalding.
Duo’s hard work is much appreciated
The unnamed litter pickers of Moulton-Seas-End
It’s been a while now since I first noticed them but I think grateful thanks are long overdue to two – as far as I have seen – gentleman of a ‘certain age’ who seem to be constantly out and about in assorted weather conditions with their bin liners, gathering rubbish up around the roads leading in and out of Moulton Seas End.
Needless to say, they are picking up rubbish discarded by people with no care or consideration for the countryside and obviously the environment in general.
Somebody commented recently on the matter and wondered what the homes of these rubbish flinging individuals must be like.
Based on their behaviour as seen in these instances, possibly they are spotless as they throw it in the hedgerows and ditches around here before getting home.
So, to these unnamed gentlemen can I say: “Thank you,” as your long and hard work is much appreciated.
Moulton Seas End
Keep houses off our park
Re: the ‘Masterplan for Moulton Park”, mentioned in the Spalding Guardian of November 19; I must challenge Coun Casson on his assertion that a “survey, asking all the villagers of Moulton for their views on housing in the village, took place in September”.
I have no recollection of such a survey but perhaps he is aware of my views from my letter on the subject which this paper kindly printed onSeptember 3.
If Moulton requires affordable housing there are other sites in the village. The former Petit site has already been mentioned and there is a suitable site in Broad Lane.
A continuation of the prefabricated bungalows in Broad Lane (formally, and perhaps still, owned by the councill), toward the village could be considered and I suspect the present owners of the field could be persuaded to release land for that purpose.
However, some would still ask; despite the ‘survey’; do we really need more homes in Moulton? And some would ask; can the sewage plant, school and medical centre cope with more residential development?
If South Holland District Council bought the park because of a lack of parks and gardens, why turn it into a building site? I think a ‘masterplan’ could turn into a ‘disaster plan.’
Could we also consider the principles and morality of a district council and its councillors should they be prepared to grant housing development on a site where it refused planning permission to the two previous owners who wanted to build a home for themselves?
I appeal to Coun Casson to reconsider his masterplan for Moulton and keep houses off our park.
So many walked past
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those people who offered to provide assistance to a collapsed gentleman in the churchyard in Long Sutton on Saturday morning. Two of us looked after him until the ambulance arrived.
However, the real reason for writing this letter is to point out that the number of people who asked if we needed any help was actually very small.
I was amazed by the number of people who clearly saw us kneeling on the ground, yet made no attempt to check whether we need more help.
If I was the person unlucky enough to be lying on the ground, shivering and with cuts to my head, I would like to think that others would come to my aid.
If you see a similar situation again, whatever your age and abilities, please consider asking if you can help.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: No amount of chocolates and fairy lights will stand in the way of Jesus
Christmas seems to begin earlier and earlier every year. I think I spotted some chocolates and decorations at the very beginning of November.
Whatever the corporate world may choose to do, the Church keeps Christmas at bay until late December so that the season of Advent may shine.
‘Advent’ isn’t a word we use often; it means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival’, specifically in reference to an important person or event.
During the four weeks leading up to Christmas, the Church season of Advent looks forward to the end of time and the Last Judgment, the return of Jesus and the establishment of His earthly kingdom.
This looking forward at the end of a calendar year reminds us that what we have been doing has eternal significance.
Our actions over the course of a year are part of our personal and social trajectory, the direction in which we’re heading.
Sometimes we can see that we’re going somewhere positive; sometimes this is less clear.
Advent provides an opportunity for seeing our past and present in the light of the future.
It allows us to ask whether we’re happy with where we’ve been going. More importantly, it prompts us to ask whether God in Jesus Christ will be happy with our direction of travel.
Have our personal lives been characterised by virtue or by vice? Is our society becoming more compassionate or are we increasingly disconnecting from each other and caring less about each other’s needs?
Often the answer to both of these questions is mixed. If we’re honest, Advent should help us to reassess and rebalance our priorities.
Jesus’ return and the Last Judgment give us perspective on the now. Are we preparing ourselves to live in the perfectly good kingdom of God?
Are our collective choices, socially and politically, such that Jesus will find them pleasing when he comes again?
Skipping over difficult questions like these may seem the easy way out, but no amount of chocolates and fairy lights will stand in the way of the divine Son of God when he comes in glory and sees all as it truly is.
Rev Ewan McWilliams
St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding